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Japan 'Twitter killer' faces first murder charge

Toukyo - Japan's "Twitter killer", who is suspected of murdering and dismembering nine people he met on social media, was charged with his first count of homicide on Monday.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

Toukyo - US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high.

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

New York - Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Russia opposes UN bid to salvage Syria gas attacks probe

New York - Russia on Friday opposed a last-ditch bid at the Security Council to salvage a UN-led investigation tasked with identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, a day after it vetoed the panel's renewal.

Three of 12 missing N. Korean fishermen found dead: Japan

Toukyo - Three of 12 North Korean fishermen missing after their boat capsized in high seas were found dead on Friday, Japan's coastguard said, adding that four separate bodies were found in another overturned vessel nearby.

Elderly Japanese cons reoffending faster than young criminals

Toukyo - Elderly criminals in Japan are more likely to be sent back to jail than younger cons, a government report said Friday, with ageing crooks increasingly likely to reoffend.Almost one quarter (23.

Airbnb raided by Japan fair trade watchdog, denies wrongdoing

Toukyo - Airbnb's offices in Japan have been raided by anti-monopoly officials, the homesharing giant said Friday, denying any wrongdoing and pledging cooperation.

Japan asks UN council to extend Syria gas attacks probe for 30 days

New York - Japan on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to renew for 30 days a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, according to a draft resolution obtained by AFP.

Japan searches for 12 missing N. Korean fishermen

Toukyo - Japan's coastguard said Thursday it was searching for 12 North Korean fishermen missing after their boat capsized in high seas.Three of the crew have already been rescued and returned to North Korea in line with their wishes, the coastguard said.

Ex-US base worker denies murdering Japanese woman

Toukyo - A former US military base employee has confessed to the deadly assault of a Japanese woman in Okinawa but denied murdering her, reports said as his trial opened on Thursday.

'Social media suicide' in spotlight after Japan 'Twitter killer'

Toukyo - The grisly beheading of nine young people lured by a suspected serial killer after tweeting suicidal thoughts has sparked debate about the use of social media in Japan, which has one of the world's highest suicide rates.

UN condemns N. Korea for firing missiles as people starve

New York - UN member states on Tuesday condemned North Korea for gross human rights violations and for conducting missile and nuclear tests while its people suffer from severe hunger.

Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder

Toukyo - A Japanese police probe into the attempted murder of an elderly bedridden woman has reportedly led to an unlikely suspect: a stray cat.

Japanese whalers head to Antarctic

Toukyo - Japanese whaling vessels left port Thursday for an annual hunting voyage in the Antarctic, this time to kill 333 minke whales, despite international calls to stop the practice.

Japan's 'Black Widow' to hang for murder

Toukyo - A one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow", who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and then pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance, was sentenced to death in Japan on Tuesday.

Japan's 'Black Widow' to hang for murder

Toukyo - A Japanese court Tuesday sentenced to death a one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow", who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance.

Japan's 'Black Widow' sentenced to death for murder: court

Toukyo - A one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow" over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband was sentenced to death Tuesday, in a high-profile murder case that has gripped Japan.

Fish food and golf bromance: 5 takeaways from Trump in Japan

Toukyo - The world may be facing its most dangerous nuclear crisis since the end of the Cold War but US President Donald Trump's trip to Japan will be remembered for the lighter moments as much as for the high-level diplomacy.

Trump vows cooperation on Japanese abducted by N.Korea

Toukyo - US President Donald Trump pledged Monday to work with Japan to bring back Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea, saying it would be a "tremendous signal" from Pyongyang if they return.

Trump warns time for 'patience' on N. Korea is over

Toukyo - The time for "strategic patience" with North Korea is over, US President Donald Trump warned Monday, after winning Japan's backing for his policy of considering all options to rein in the rogue state.

Rare bomb threats in Japan as Trump kicks off Asia tour

Toukyo - Japan was hit by a rare string of bomb threats as US President Donald Trump held talks in Tokyo, kicking off an Asia tour under heavy security, police said Monday.Bomb threats are extremely uncommon in Japan.

Trump opens door to N. Korea talks as Asia trip begins in earnest

Toukyo - President Donald Trump appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone on North Korea as he got down to business Monday on an Asian tour dominated by the nuclear crisis with Pyongyang.

Trump passes tricky protocol test with Japanese emperor

Toukyo - To bow or not to bow: That was the question when US President Donald Trump held a closely watched meet-and-greet with the Japanese emperor laden with potential protocol pitfalls.

15-year-old girl among Japan 'serial killer' mutilation victims

Toukyo - Three high school girls, including a 15-year-old, were among the nine people mutilated by a suspected serial killer in Japan, reports said Monday, as one woman described how she had a lucky escape.

N. Korea warns 'instable' Trump against reckless remarks

Seoul - North Korea on Sunday warned Donald Trump against making "reckless remarks" as the US president began a marathon Asian tour dominated by the nuclear threat from Pyongyang.

Melania Trump in glitzy Tokyo pearl visit

Toukyo - While her husband hit the greens, First Lady Melania Trump got a glimpse on Sunday of Japanese cultured pearls at Tokyo's glitzy Ginza shopping district on the first day of their Asia tour.

Abe duels with 'long hitter' Trump on golf course

Kawagoe - Golfing buddies Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe relaxed with a hamburger lunch and a quick nine holes on the course Sunday, ahead of a high-stakes summit on the North Korea crisis.

AI 'boy' granted residency in central Tokyo

Toukyo - An AI character was made an official resident of a busy central Tokyo district on Saturday, with the virtual newcomer resembling a chatty seven-year-old boy.

Kim portraits and death threats: Life at a North Korean school in Japan

Toukyo - Portraits of North Korea's late leaders hang proudly in the classrooms of the Korean High School in Tokyo, where the recent surge in tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme have seen faculty and staff subjected to death threats.

Trump warns China Japan could take action on N. Korea

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday warned China that "warrior nation" Japan could take matters into its own hands if the threat posed by North Korea is not addressed.
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